South Sudan rebel fire hits two U.S. military aircraft, wounding three American service members

Residents of Juba arrive at the UN compound on December 20, 2013 where they sought shelter. Attackers slaughtered at least 20 civilians sheltering in a UN base in Akobo, South Sudan in an attack in which two Indian peacekeepers died, the UN said Friday. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBATONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

Residents of the South Sudan capital Juba seek shelter at the U.N. compound on Friday.                                  TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

The military aircraft were en route to Bor, the scene of some of the nation’s most deadly violence over the past week. One service member is in critical condition.

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Canada Reconsiders Funding Foreign Aid by Ministries Opposed to Homosexuality

Christian organization receives $500,000 to promote Ugandan hygiene awareness—but that could change.

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Uganda’s controversial “kill-the-gays” bill is now making waves in Canada, where the federal government is reviewing international development funds allocated to an evangelical group that opposes homosexuality.

According to the Globe and Mail, the Canadian government “has denounced virulent homophobia in Uganda. As a result, it now is questioning its allocation of more than $544,000 to Ontario-based Crossroads Christian Communications, which believes homosexuality is sinful.

The funding debate prompted one Canadian member of parliament to remark that evangelical groups with these views go “‘completely against not only Canadian values, but Canadian law.'” Canada has previously spoken out against persecution of homosexuality in Uganda, where a controversial bill that formerly proposed the death penalty for gays and lesbians is still making its way through the legislature.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada responded to the Globe and Mailreport and defended Crossroads in a blog post, stating that “Crossroads has done nothing wrong” and the organization’s “working relationship [with the government] is beneficial to Canadians, complies with Canada’s constitution and laws and was properly assessed based on the Canadian government’s desire for maximum value for funding in pursuit of its overseas objectives.”

CT has previously reported on Uganda and its anti-homosexuality bill. CT also has reported how American evangelical leaders condemned the bill but Ugandan Christian leaders dismissed this as cultural imperialism.

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